A Mini Haboob
May 22, 2015
Lexicon Challenge, Entry #2 is "Haboob." According to Wikipedia excerpts: "Pronounced: habūb. More common of the giant haboobs are found in the Sahara Dessert, the Arabian Pennisula and Iraq. The arid and semiarid regions of North America—in fact, any dry region—may experience haboobs. In North America, the most common terms for these events is either dust storm or sandstorm. During thunderstorm formation, winds move in a direction opposite to the storm's travel, and they move from all directions into the thunderstorm. When the storm collapses and begins to release precipitation, wind directions reverse, gusting outward from the storm and generally gusting the strongest in the direction of the storm's travel. When this downdraft of cold air, or downburst, reaches the ground, it blows dry, loose silt and clay (collectively, dust) up from the desert, creating a wall of sediment that precedes the storm cloud."
You can see the rain moving in from the distance. As we were traveling this dirt road, the wind was fairly strong. You can see the dirt blowing off the road in the foreground, and it being blown higher in the mid-ground. This photo was taken through the windshield of the car, so there are some spots in the sky, that I didn't have time to remove.
Thank you Judy for creating such a clever and challenging challenge. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's entries today.
"If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm." ~ Frank Lane
Have an awesome Friday!!!